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Miqati: Policy of dissociation will
not be forcibly changed

Caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati said that any attempts to change Lebanon’s policy of dissociation regarding the events in Syria will not prevail.

 

“The attempts that are taking place here and there to push Lebanon toward changing its stance will not prevail,” Miqati wrote on the social networking site Twitter on Tuesday.

 

However, he condemned the shelling “of Lebanese villages and neighborhoods near the northern border and the Beqaa Valley from locations within Syria.”

 

The PM also said that Lebanon rejects the use of its territory to “involve the country in the Syrian troubles, as it condemns the use of its airspace by Israel to attack Syria.”

 

While commending the role of the Lebanese security forces in controlling the security of the border area, he also underscored the difficulty these forces face “due to the extent of the Lebanese-Syrian border.”

 

“The capabilities of the Lebanese security agencies, especially the army, should be boosted in order to enable them to fulfill their national responsibilities.”

 

Miqati also called on the international community to shoulder Lebanon in its endeavor to support the Syrian refugees on its soil after “it has now found itself unable to pursue this support.”

 

Lebanon has been facing difficulties dealing with the increasing number of refugees fleeing the violence in neighboring Syria, while the Shiite group Hezbollah acknowledges that it is taking part in the fight alongside the forces of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s border regions with Syria have experienced regular border violations, including shelling and gunfire as well as limited incursions by Syrian troops.

The attempts that are taking place here and there to push Lebanon toward changing its stance will not prevail.